Books Acquired Recently: Canadian Mennonite Edition

Books published in Canada have been much harder to acquire in the U.S. since the pandemic started. Shipping fees have gone through the roof. But there are a few recent Mennonite books that I’ve been wanting to buy, so I made an order from McNally Robinson that arrived earlier this week. Brandt, Di. The SweetestContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Canadian Mennonite Edition”


Books Acquired Recently

Chee, Alexander, ed. The Best American Essays 2022. Boston: Mariner, 2022. I always buy The Best American Essays, and saw that this year’s editor, Alexander Chee (whose work I love), was celebrating its release with a reading alongside some contributors at Book Culture the other night. So I bought my copy there and got itContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Cain, Amina. A Horse at Night: On Writing. St. Louis: Dorothy, a Publishing Project, 2022. I’ve read a few short pieces by Cain and was excited when I found out she had this book coming out. My pre-ordered copy just arrived. Hillman, Brenda. In a Few Minutes Before Later. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2022.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

I was in Manhattan to run a necessary but quick errand on 14th Street today, and thought I might as well stop by the Strand while I was in the neighborhood to make the trip more worthwhile. I bought these four books, all of which I’ve had my eye on. It was nice to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Abdelmahmoud, Elamin. Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. New York: Ballantine Books, 2022. I read about this book in an article in Poets & Writers and was intrigued by its subtitle. I’ve been struggling with the form of my own memoir (Is it essays? Is it a single narrative?), so I decided to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition

This semester I’m teaching a course at Hunter College called Distinguished Living Writers, which examines the books of the authors reading in Hunter’s Distinguished Writers reading series during the semester. My copies of the books for the course just arrived (in Batuman’s case, I ordered her previous books as background research). Batuman, Elif. Either/Or. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition

Yesterday I had some running around to do in Manhattan, so I decided to add the Strand to my itinerary. Here’s what I bought: Conklin, Lydia. Rainbow Rainbow: Stories. New York: Catapult, 2022. I saw some laudatory posts about this collection on Twitter, and decided to buy it because it sounds like the stories areContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Calhoun, Ada. Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. New York: Grove Press, 2022. I bought this memoir because O’Hara is my favorite poet and because I’m always interested in personal narratives about interacting with literature. Friesen, Lauren, and Dennis R. Koehn, eds. Anabaptist ReMix: Varieties of Cultural Engagement in North America. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Andrew, Elizabeth Jarrett. Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Memoir of Bisexuality and Spirit. Boston: Skinner House Books, 2021. I saw an ad for this book in a magazine (I think it was Poets & Writers), and it intrigued me because I am also writing a memoir that is in part about my bisexuality andContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Dodie Bellamy Edition

My newfound obsession with Dodie Bellamy’s work continues! These three books are the latest additions to my collection of her work. Bellamy, Dodie. Cunt-Ups. 2001. New York: Tender Buttons Press, 2018. —. Cunt Norton. Los Angeles: Les Figues Press, 2013. Bellamy, Dodie, and Kevin Killian, eds. Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Dodie Bellamy Edition”